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September 29
Tri-County Racetrack,
Brasstown, NC
Sanction: Schaeffer's Fall Nationals (FK Rod Ends Tar Heel 50) - $4,053
Information provided by: Contributor and series reports (last updated September 30, 8:14 am)
Chastain survives Payne's last-lap onslaught
FK Rod Ends Tar Heel 50
  1. Shawn Chastain
  2. David Payne
  3. Donald McIntosh
  4. Kenny Collins
  5. Kurt English
  6. Casey Roberts
  7. Jamie Oliver
  8. Blake Spencer
  9. Shane Tankersley
  10. Clayton Turner
  11. Casey Turman
  12. Jeff Neubert
  13. Craig Greer
  14. Joey Standridge
  15. Brent Dixon
  16. Anthony Sanders
  17. Johnny Chastain
  18. Tim Rucker
presented by
Brian McLeod
Shawn Chastain of Murphy, N.C., celebates his $4,053 victory.
What won the race: Surviving a last-lap slide job from David Payne, fellow Murphy, N.C., driver Shawn Chastain earned a $4,053 victory in the 51-lap Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series at Tri-County Racetrack. Chastain took the lead from Casey Roberts on the 18th lap and held on for the Tar Heel 50 victory.
Quotable: "I thought we was probably going to wreck," winner Shawn Chastain said after the late duel with David Payne. "We've got bad blood anyway, I believe; maybe we can get past it ... I had a good time. It was fun and I'm just tickled to death to be here. Thank the Lord."
Key notes: David Payne shot under Shawn Chastain entering turn three to briefly take the lead on the final lap, but Chastain's crossover move exiting turn four secured his victory. ... Chastain's previous richest victory was $3,000 on the Southern All Star circuit at Tri-County in 2000. ... The 14th annual event was slowed by seven cautions, mostly involving spins. ... Early leader Casey Roberts pulled off the track running second with a flat on lap 22. ... The field was lined straight up from qualifying for the feature. ... The race was 51 laps this year in Memory of Frank Thompson, a former racer and long-time friend of Cook’s, who passed away in July. … Bonuses included: $200 fast time award to Casey Roberts courtesy of Cherokee Septic; $200 to driver leading most laps and $100 for hard charger courtesy of Hayesville Trailer Sales/CM Truck Beds. ... Track promoter Ray Cook announced next year's Tar Heel 50 will pay a record $10,000-to-win.
Winner's sponsors: Chastain's Longhorn Chassis is sponsored by Wells Tire, Lance Body Shop and Collins Signs.
Points chase: Entering Tri-County, Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga., had 1,652 points to lead David Payne (1,434) and Joey Standridge (953).
Car count: 18
Fast qualifier: Casey Roberts
Time: 12.593 seconds
Polesitter: Casey Roberts
Next series race: October 13, Ponderosa Speedway (Junction City, KY) $15,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
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